Office of Career and Professional Development

http://environment.yale.edu/careers

The Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) seeks to inspire and prepare all students to pursue high-impact environmental careers aligned with their individual abilities, experience, and interests. Its mission is to proactively educate students to maximize their entire YSE experience for impactful careers and lives; cultivate strong relationships with leading domestic and international environmental employers; and support career-related initiatives across YSE.

The CPD's diverse resources, programs, and services enable users to develop key skills needed to present themselves professionally on the job market, develop and refine meaningful career goals, and chart a strategy for conducting effective job and internship searches. We work with students on an ongoing basis through individual advising appointments as well as through workshops conducted by staff and other career development and environmental professionals.

Career and professional development Resources

Career Advising and Peer Advising

Through individual career advising appointments with our professional team, and drop-in hours with trained peer reviewers, students work with CPD on:

  • General career advising (strategy, focus, vision)
  • LinkedIn profile development and reviews
  • Résumé reviews
  • Cover letter reviews
  • CV reviews
  • Converting a CV to a résumé and converting a résumé to a CV
  • Personal statement reviews for Ph.D. program and fellowship applications
  • Networking advice at Yale and beyond
  • Online tools orientation (YSE Next, LinkedIn, Yale Cross Campus, AlumniFire)
  • Interview skills and preparation coaching
  • Mock interviews
  • Summer experience planning guidance and funding opportunities
  • Salary negotiation strategies

YSE Next Online Career Development System

  • Access more than 150 YSE-focused jobs and internships added each month
  • Publish your résumé for review by alumni and employers
  • Create job and internship alerts

  • Apply directly online for jobs/internships of interest
  • Schedule career counseling appointments
  • RSVP for upcoming events
  • Access exclusive career development resources

YSE Résumé

We work with students individually and through workshops to write and design a targeted professional résumé. We provide an official YSE Résumé Template and Résumé Content, Style, and Format Guidelines.

Workshops and Information Sessions

These programs are designed to guide students through phases of career readiness in line with internship, job, and further-study timelines. Sample programs:

  • Building Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Résumé Workshop with Peer Review
  • Hive Mind: Networking
  • Getting Better on Video
  • Leveraging Social Media for the Job Search
  • Applying for EDF Climate Corps Fellowships
  • Cover Letter Writing and Peer Review
  • LinkedIn Photobooth
  • Interview Skills Workshop: Behavioral and Traditional Interview Questions
  • Federal Job Applications
  • U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session
  • Applying for the Ph.D.
  • How to Work a Career Fair
  • Salary and Job Offer Negotiations

Career Fairs and Regional Events

YSEinDC: Approximately 100 students attend this annual two-day program in Washington, D.C., home to the largest YSE alumni population. The event includes employer site visits, preselected job and internship interviews, small group information sessions, alumni networking dinners, and an alumni-student networking reception.

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair: Up to eighty employers in a range of fields and more than 1,000 students participate in this annual fair jointly sponsored by the eight Ivy League institutions, which is open to all graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni from partner schools. The fair is held at Columbia University in New York.

Networking nights and career fairs hosted by partner career offices at Yale: Sample programs include STEM career fair, social impact career events, energy employer information sessions, and international development career panels.

On-Campus Recruiting

Connect with employers during on-campus information sessions, informational interviews, and interview opportunities.

Alumni Connections

YSE LinkedIn Group: The Office of Development and Alumni Services maintains the Yale School of the Environment LinkedIn group.

AlumniFire: A platform that blends professional networking provided by services like LinkedIn with event sharing and discussion opportunities on platforms like Facebook and the functions of a job search site.

Yale Cross Campus: A newly launched platform connecting Yale alumni to students, and alumni to alumni for networking and career development.

Professional Skills Modules (PSMs)

All Master of Environmental Management (MEM) students at YSE are required to complete four (4) Professional Skills Modules (PSMs) in order to graduate. Professional Skills Modules provide students with opportunities to strengthen their proficiency in core areas considered essential for all environmental professionals.

We have designed a suite of intensive, interactive workshops that are designed to help students thrive in their work at YSE and in their future careers. The workshops are held on Fridays throughout the year and usually run from 9am until 2pm. Each workshop is open to all YSE students, although if space is limited, MEM students will be given preference, given their graduation requirement.

Professional Skills Module Topics & Objectives

1. Verbal Communication  This workshop is designed to teach students how to give clear and compelling oral presentations. Facilitators introduce participants to best practices and useful frameworks and then give students the chance to practice, providing iterative feedback on individual presentations.
2. Visual Communication of Data  Through the Visual Communication workshop, students learn core principles for visually conveying data and other complex information. Students explore different ways to use charts, graphs, tables, infographics, and other methods of creating visual representations of data to engage with different audiences. Using pre-work exercises and interactive group activities, participants emerge ready to communicate better visually.
3. Negotiation  This module provides an introduction to general negotiation topics through a variety of exercises. Content includes the concept of negotiation, strategies for preparing to negotiate, positions/interests, best alternatives to negotiated agreements, and more.
4. Cultural Competence  The goals of this workshop are to cultivate an understanding of why cultural competence across differences—including those based on experience, expertise, values and other factors—is important and to understand how each of us can work across differences and develop skills for interrupting bias effectively in the workplace.
5. Fundraising  This workshop uses a mix of lectures, discussions, and role-plays to demystify the fundraising process and share key approaches for attracting people to invest in your work. Students leave with an understanding of how to develop and steward relationships with funders, how to assess funding landscapes, and how to make funding asks.
6. Project Management  Rather than review an existing guide to project management, this workshop explores a number of key questions that practitioners use when tackling and managing environmental challenges. The instructors draw examples and lessons learned from their work across scales, sectors, cultures and continents, as well as from experiences of workshop participants.
7. Stakeholder Engagement  This module introduces students to using stakeholder engagement processes, beginning with the conceptual basics: why, how, when, and what form of engagement to use. They then learn the practical steps of how to design, govern, fund, manage, evaluate, and end a successful stakeholder process.
8. Facilitation This session provides an overview of key strategies and best practices to help participants make the most of their time with project partners and colleagues. It focuses on how to design and manage well-run, collaborative meetings to accomplish shared goals.
9. Environmental Career Strategies  This interactive workshop guides participants through a series of conversations and exercises designed to help students develop personal career strategies that will assist them in identifying, joining, and participating in environmental professional communities of practice to improve participants' chance of launching and advancing in a high impact career that also meets personal goals and preferences.

Summer Experience Program

A ten- to twelve-week summer experience is required of all master’s candidates at YSE. Summer experiences provide the opportunity to align research and practice, enhance professional and technical skills, and gain professional confidence and experience. Students are assisted by the CPD, faculty, and alumni in locating or designing opportunities that meet their individual needs and interests.

Given the School’s strong ties with natural resource, environmental, business/environment, and conservation employers worldwide, the possibilities are vast. The summer experience typically occurs between the first and second years of the program; occasionally, however, it lasts for longer periods. Opportunities include thesis-related fieldwork, traditional work experiences, structured internship programs, and independent or entrepreneurial projects.

YSE 006, Summer Internship/Research The summer experience is an important opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained during their first year of study, gain professional experience and build networks, and investigate potential career paths. Experiences are ten and twelve weeks in duration, typically in the summer between the first and second years of the program. Students have latitude in designing an experience aligned with individual academic and career goals. Students are responsible for securing or creating their summer experience with appropriate faculty supervision, applying for and securing summer funding, and completing appropriate online forms before and after in order to receive course credit. Required of all master’s candidates. 0 credits.

2021 Summer Experiences

The following list, compiled by the CPD, shows the rich and diverse experiences that YSE students had during a recent summer. Data for other years is available online at http://environment.yale.edu/careers/data. For more information, please contact Senior Associate Director Kathryn Douglas at 203.436.4830 or kathryn.douglas@yale.edu. The School and its students thank donors, host organizations, and supervisors for making these valuable professional experiences possible.

Experiences by Degree Designation 

Master of Environmental Management

Business and the Environment

  • Allbirds, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Capitals Coalition, Business and the Environment Researcher
  • Center for Business and the Environment (Yale University), Business and the Environment Fellow
  • Citizens Bank, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • City of New Haven, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Fellow
  • Colgate-Palmolive, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Con Edison, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • Google, Business and the Environment Specialist
  • Guidewire Software, Business and the Environment Analyst
  • Hannon Armstrong, Environmental Investing Intern
  • International Paper, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • Just Salad, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Lumentum, Industrial Ecology Intern
  • Micron Technology, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy and the Environment Associate
  • Nomura Greentech, Environmental Investing Associate
  • OnePointFive, Corporate Sustainability Consultant (2)
  • PopSockets, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • Portland General Electric, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • School of Management (Yale University), Information Systems/G.I.S. Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Food and Agriculture Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Global Climate Change Science and Policy Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Industrial Ecology Researcher
  • Sodexo, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • Subaru of America, Inc., Business and the Environment Specialist
  • Tesla, Inc., Energy and the Environment Intern
  • The Vegetarian Butcher, Waste Management Intern
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Business and the Environment Intern (4)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Environmental Investing Intern
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Global Climate Change Science and Policy Intern
  • World Resources Institute, Business and the Environment Intern
  • World Resources Institute, Water Resource Management Intern

Climate Change Science and Solutions

  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Intern
  • CitySeed, Food and Agriculture Fellow
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Environmental Economics Intern
  • French Embassy to the United States, Food and Agriculture Intern
  • Nomura Greentech, Environmental Investing Associate
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Intern
  • The Years Project, Media and Communication Intern
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • Warburg Pincus, Environmental Investing Fellow
  • World Resources Institute, Business and the Environment Intern
  • World Resources Institute, Environmental Law and Policy Intern

Ecosystem Management and Conservation

  • 12Tree, Food and Agriculture Intern
  • American Farmland Trust, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Intern
  • Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (Yale University), Forestry Researcher
  • Floating e.V., Water Resource Management Fellow
  • Footprints Africa, Environmental Economics Intern
  • Mesa Foods, Food and Agriculture Founder
  • National Forest Foundation, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Fellow
  • National Parks Conservation Association, Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Intern
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Food and Agriculture Researcher
  • The Nature Conservancy, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Fellow
  • Trust for Public Land, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Intern
  • Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Fellow
  • Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (Yale University), Land Management and Land-Use Planning Fellow
  • United States Department of State, Global Climate Change Science and Policy Intern
  • Urban Resources Initiative (Yale University), Urban Ecology Intern

Energy and the Environment

  • BlueHub Energy, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • City of New Haven, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Fellow
  • City of Seattle, Energy and the Environment Fellow
  • Con Edison, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • Concentrix, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Environmental Law and Policy Associate
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Environmental Economics Intern
  • Hannon Armstrong, Environmental Investing Intern
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy and the Environment Associate
  • Plankton Energy, Energy and the Environment Associate
  • Portland General Electric, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • Rockefeller Foundation, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • Spring Lane Capital, Environmental Investing Associate
  • Tesla, Inc., Energy and the Environment Intern
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • UPROSE, Environmental Justice Fellow
  • Warburg Pincus, Environmental Investing Fellow
  • Wayfair, Business and the Environment Fellow
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Business and the Environment Intern

Environmental Policy Analysis

  • Anthropocene Alliance, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Researcher
  • Center for Business and the Environment (Yale University), Energy and the Environment Fellow
  • CitySeed, Food and Agriculture Fellow
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Waste Management Associate
  • Dakshin Foundation, Environmental Education and Training Intern
  • Google, Business and the Environment Specialist
  • Hill Country Alliance, Water Resource Management Researcher
  • Maine Governor's Office, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Intern
  • Malama Maunalua, Coastal and Watershed Systems Researcher
  • New York State Energy Research and Development, Energy and the Environment Associate
  • Oregon Wild, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • Partnership on Rangeland Planning and Forest Conservation, Information Systems/G.I.S. Researcher
  • Plankton Energy, Energy and the Environment Associate
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Global Climate Change Science and Policy Researcher
  • United Nations Development Program, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • United States Agency for International Development, Food and Agriculture Intern
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • UPROSE, Environmental Justice Fellow
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • World Resources Institute, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • World Resources Institute, Water Resource Management Intern

Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry

  • Concentrix, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Google, Corporate Sustainability Fellow
  • Lumentum, Industrial Ecology Intern
  • OnePointFive, Corporate Sustainability Consultant
  • School of Management (Yale University), Information Systems/G.I.S. Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Industrial Ecology Researcher
  • The Recycling Partnership, Waste Management Manager
  • The Vegetarian Butcher, Waste Management Intern

People, Equity, and the Environment

  • Dakshin Foundation, Environmental Education and Training  Intern
  • Lyme Timber, Carbon and Forest Finance Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Environmental Justice Researcher
  • Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, Environmental Law and Policy Associate
  • The Nature Conservancy, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Fellow
  • United States Department of State, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Intern
  • United States Forest Service, Green Design and the Built Environment Researcher

Self-Design

  • Brattleboro Planning Department, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Intern
  • Massachusetts Land Court, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Intern
  • Micron Technology, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • Pepsico, Food and Agriculture Intern
  • Rockefeller Foundation, Energy and the Environment Intern
  • Urban Resources Initiative (Yale University), Environmental Education and Training Intern

Urban

  • City of Dallas, Energy and the Environment Fellow
  • City of New Haven, Urban and Regional Planning Fellow
  • Clean Water Action, Environmental Justice Fellow
  • Maine Governor's Office, Environmental Law and Policy Intern
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Green Design and the Built Environment Intern
  • Urban Resources Initiative (Yale University), Environmental Education and Training Intern

Water Resource Science and Management

  • Council for Watershed Health, Water Resource Management Intern
  • Hill Country Alliance, Water Resource Management Researcher
  • National Parks Service, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Intern
  • Partnership on Rangeland Planning and Forest Conservation, Information Systems/G.I.S. Researcher
  • PopSockets, Corporate Sustainability Intern
  • Restore America's Estuaries, Water Resource Management Fellow
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Water Resource Management Intern
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Water Resource Management Intern

Master of Forestry

  • The Forest School (Yale University), Forestry Apprentice (5)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Land Management and Land-Use Planning Fellow
  • Urban Resources Initiative (Yale University), Forestry Intern
  • Urban Resources Initiative (Yale University), Urban Ecology Intern

Master of Environmental Science

  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Global Climate Change Science and Policy Intern
  • Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering (Yale University), Industrial Ecology Researcher
  • Clean Energy Ventures, Environmental Investing Intern
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University), Environmental Education and Training Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Coastal and Watershed Systems Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher (8)
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Environmental Health Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Environmental Law and Policy Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Food and Agriculture Researcher (2)
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Social Ecology Researcher (3)
  • Wildlife Institute of India, Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher

Master of Forestry Science

  • Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation Researcher
  • School of the Environment (Yale University), Forestry Researcher (2)

Immediately Following Graduation 

Each year YSE graduates enjoy employment success in environmental science, policy, and management within the United States and around the world, pursue entrepreneurial ventures, and continue their education with further study. Details including salary information on the most recent as well as previous classes can be found at http://environment.yale.edu/careers/data.

Summary data from the class of 2021 master’s graduates six months after graduation :

Private (Business/Consulting) 36%
Private (Business/Law) 1%
Nonprofit/Nongovernmental 31%
Government/Public Sector 21%
Academic (K–Higher Education) 6%
Further Study 3%
Self-Employed/Social Entreprenurial 2%

Six Months After Graduation

2021 Master’s Degree Graduates, First Destination Employment by Sector

Academics (K–Higher Education)

Clean Energy Coordinator, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. 
Forest Manager, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Postgraduate Fellow, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, Conn. 

Further Study

Fox International Fellow, Fox International Fellowship - University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Fox International Fellow, Fox International Fellowship - National University of Singapore, Singapore
Law Student, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 
Law Student, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. 
Ph.D. Student, Ecology Evolution Environment Society, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 
Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. 
Ph.D. Student, Horticulture and Natural Resources, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans. 
Ph.D. Student, Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisc. 
Ph.D. Student, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, Conn. 
Ph.D. Student, Yale School of the Environment, New Haven, Conn. 

Government / Intergovernmental / Public Sector

Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Washington, D.C. 
Director, Strategic Initiatives, White House, U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. 
Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington D.C. 
Forester, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Tumwater, Wash. 
Law Clerk, Pacific Architects & Engineers (contracted at U.S. Department of Justice), Denver, Colo. 
Law Clerk, United States Federal Courts, Huntington, W.Va. 
National Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Mandaluyong City, The Philippines
ORISE Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Washington, D.C. 
Policy Aide, House Natural Resources Committee, Washington, D.C. 
Program Analyst, World Bank, Washington, D.C. 
Researcher/Consultant, Yale School of Public Health (contracted from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), New Haven, Conn. 

Not-for-Profit / Non-Governmental Organization

Climate Impact Fund Fellow, VertueLab, New Haven, Conn. 
Community Relations Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Cle Elum, Wash. 
Consultant - Deforestation Research, CERES, New Haven, Conn. 
Consultant, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Consultant, Yale Environmental Leadership Training Initiative, New Haven, Conn. 
Deputy Director of Policy, Carbon180, Washington, D.C. 
Government Relations Manager, National Ocean Protection Coalition, New Haven, Conn. 
Gruber Fellow, Human Rights Watch, New York, N.Y.
Pathways to Planetary Health Program Director, Garrison Institute, Garrison, N.Y. 
Philanthropy Fellow; Program Research Analyst, University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, Berkeley, Calif. 
Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Clean Air Task Force, Brookings, S.Dak. 
Producer, KCET/PBS SoCal, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Program Associate & Special Assistant to the President, American Farmland Trust, Louisville, Ky. 
Research Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C. 
Research Analyst, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C. 
Riparian Restoration Ecologist, The Lands Council, Spokane, Wash. 
Senior Associate, Carbon-free Electricity, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, Colo. 
Senior Associate, Decarbonizing Industrial Supply Chain Energy, Clean Energy Buyers Alliance, Washington, D.C. 
Senior Director, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Washington, D.C. 
Senior Manager of Climate and Environment, InterAction, Washington, D.C. 
Senior Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace USA, Washington, D.C. 
Tropical Forest Restoration Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. 

Private (Business / Consulting / Law)

Analyst, Cadmus Group, Roanoke, Va. 
Analyst, New Forests, San Francisco, Calif. 
Associate Attorney (pending admission), Milbank LLP, New York, N.Y. 
Associate Project Developer, EDF Renewables, Minneapolis, Minn. 
Associate, Investments, Hannon Armstrong, Washington, D.C. 
Associate, McKinsey & Company, Boston, Mass.
Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP, San Francisco, Calif. 
Consultant, EY Parthenon, New York, N.Y. 
Deputy Director of Resilience Services, Climate Resilience Consulting, Chicago, Ill. 
ESG Client Associate, S&P Global, New York, N.Y.  
ESG Researcher, MSCI, New York, N.Y. 
International Development Research Specialist, ICF, Griswold, Conn. 
Junior Consultant, Roland Berger, Munich, Germany
Life Cycle Associate, SCS Global Services, Emeryville, Calif. 
Manager, Execution, Amp Energy, Washington, D.C. 
Project Finance Associate, Rabobank, New York, N.Y. 
Research and Analytics Associate, Calyx Global, Peekskill, N.Y. 
Research and Policy Analyst, Eastern Research Group, Washington, D.C. 
Senior Associate, Climate Finance Advisors, Washington, D.C. 
Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP, New York, N.Y. 
Senior Manager, Amp Energy, Portland, Maine 
Solar and Storage Associate, Sol Systems, Washington, D.C. 
Staff Scientist, The Sigma Group, Milwaukee, Wisc. 
Sustainability Specialist, Calpine Energy Solutions, Houston, Tex. 
Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Citizens Bank, Johnston, R.I. 
Water Resources Engineer, Tetra Tech, San Diego, Calif.